A reporter for a national broadsheet covering Malacanang Palace is in critical condition after being shot and wounded by unidentified men in Pasig City late last night (Mar. 11).
Fernan Angeles, reporter for Daily Tribune, sustained six gunshot wounds reportedly from a .45 caliber gun and a fracture in his right arm after being attacked last night near his home in Bgy. (village) Palating, Pasig City, Joyce Panares, president of the Malacanang Press Corps (MPC) and Malacanang reporter for Manila Standard Today, told the NUJP Media Safety Office.
It is the first time that a Malacanang reporter has been physically assaulted, based on the records of the organization, which documents and campaigns against killings and other attacks on members of media. NUJP urges the Philippine National Police to make a thorough investigation to determine the perpetrators and motive behind the attack. According to the MPC, Angeles was assigned to the Malacanang beat only late last year.
Angeles is currently confined at the intensive care unit of the Pasig General Hospital. Jing Reyes of Tribune told NUJP they are still waiting for details, but said Angeles’ wife Gemma said the reporter remains unconscious as of 1:30 this afternoon.
The MPC condemned the attack. In a statement it released this afternoon, it quoted Gemma as saying, “[B]efore he lost consciousness as he was being rushed to the [hospital], Fernan said he knew his attacker, and that he was afraid because “malaking tao” or someone influential was behind it.”
The statement added, “We hold the Aquino administration to its word that there will be no sacred cows in cases of wrongdoings, and that it gives a primacy to press freedom and protection of media practitioners in the country.”
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